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Simpler judo rules unveiled ahead of Tokyo 2020

Olympic gold medalist Kosei Inoue performs an uchi mata throw during a judo workshop in Tsubame, Niigata Prefecture, on Nov. 4, 2017. (Mainichi)

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has reinstated a judo technique that was provisionally dropped, as part of its revised judo rules for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

    The technique, known as "awase-waza ippon," is essentially a combination of two waza-aris -- a controlled and accurate throw, or holding down an opponent on their back for a set period of time.

    The decision was made by the IJF in early November, and the new rules will be brought in at international tournaments from January 2018 onward.

    Furthermore, deciding match results based on the difference in the number of penalties in extra time between opposing judokas has also been scrapped.

    In sum, regardless of the length of a match, it has been concluded that either points scored by using waza, or defeat due to the accumulation of three penalties in a match, will be the only ways of determining a match winner.

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